Current German Philosophy and its Popularity

Quite a read on the Financial Post about the present state of German philosophy. It tends to present a drive to make philosophy popularly accessed as problematic to profundity. In the end, the article offers examples showing that commercial success doesn’t necessarily indicate a lack of profundity. I tend to think there is room for both. We need much more of a general drive for people to want to think critica ... Continue Reading →

The Typewriter As a Drawing Tool

This person, Keira Rathbone, creates some really impressive art using a typewriter. The video shows her rolling the paper back-and-forth while striking keys harder or softer to create different layers of subtlety. The end results look a little like a cross between computer-made ASCII art and a hand-drawn sketch. ... Continue Reading →

Vigilance: World Press Freedom Day

We need to always be vigilant for even the smallest restrictions or alterations to our freedom of expression and our essential rights. If we lapse we lose because hard-won successes in creating a good society don’t automatically remain. Without constant vigilance and maintenance our rights will erode, somewhat like our physical surroundings over time. Except, here we must be vigilant to those people that woul ... Continue Reading →

Logic Gets its Due in Computing History

I remember thinking, when studying formal logic in my undergrad philosophy courses, that computer programming was essentially just another flavour of it. Since then, whenever I’ve read articles about the history of computing, I wonder why they invariably neglect to mention its crucial and rich philosophical origins. That’s what I love about this article in the Atlantic. I feel like it nails much of what ... Continue Reading →

Typology

Read Richard Polt’s Typology; A Phenomenology of Early Typewriters This is a super article on the phenomenology of typewriters. It looks at the evolution of the machine’s design and the way our world breaks down now with the passing of typing (on the typewriter). ... Continue Reading →

The Canadian Library Association has posted its new statement on intellectual freedom http://bit.ly/…

The Canadian Library Association has posted its new statement on intellectual freedom http://bit.ly/1My5mZd (PDF). I like how they've approached the issue, stating: ".. the Canadian Library Association affirms that all persons in Canada have a fundamental right, subject only to the Constitution and the law, to have access to the full range of knowledge, imagination, ideas, and opinion, and to express thei ... Continue Reading →

I’ve often thought of using phones as sucking us into a different space. Geiger’s photos show it

I've often thought of using phones as sucking us into a different space. Geiger's photos show it antoine geiger Filter: photo view all · PHOTOGRAPHY · ART/DESIGN · ANTOINE GEIGER · (+) · buy · Homesick · Dodekanisos · SUR-FAKE · Sous Couverture · Jeff Mills · Louvre · 0000 · Catherine · København. Dominika II · Dominika · recent · hangout · symbiose · details · dos anonymes ... Continue Reading →

A trunk of 2600 dead letters that were saved by a 17th century Netherlands postmaster are being digitized…

A trunk of 2600 dead letters that were saved by a 17th century Netherlands postmaster are being digitized at http://brienne.org/. The history for how this came to be is interesting. That we have these now is essentially a side-effect of the delivery system of the time (and one person's ambition). Brienne.org This was posted on Google+ ... Continue Reading →

Libraries, supposedly quiet spaces, also produce a great deal of ambient sound, which makes for some…

Libraries, supposedly quiet spaces, also produce a great deal of ambient sound, which makes for some pleasing and interesting recordings. That Library Sound | Ithaka S+R Library Background Noise for Relaxation has over 150000 views on YouTube. The hour-long audio is, as described by its creator, “just a long audio clip of some background white noise from my recent trip to the library…lots of page flippin ... Continue Reading →

I’ve watched some Sesame Street now as a parent and I think I like it better than when I was a child…

I've watched some Sesame Street now as a parent and I think I like it better than when I was a child. The Pox news incident is excellent.  C is for controversy: 7 headline-making moments from Sesame Street’s 45 years | Toronto Star The longest-running children’s show in U.S. TV history has raised some eyebrows since its debut on Nov. 10, 1969. This was posted on Google+ ... Continue Reading →